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Oil trading company Trafigura was today fined a million euros (£840,000) for exporting hazardous waste to Ivory Coast and hiding the cargo's dangerous nature when it was unloaded from a ship in Amsterdam.

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A Kentucky man admitted writing and posting on a white supremacist website a poem threatening the assassination of US president Barack Obama.

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Man to face court over body in car boot

A man will appear in court today charged over the murder of a mother-of-one found in the boot of car.

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Klan leader pleads guilty to killing woman

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Court backs lesbian student in prom dispute

A US school district violated a lesbian student's rights by banning her from bringing her girlfriend to the prom, a federal judge ruled, but he stopped short of forcing the district to hold the event.

Cute baby video wins battle against music label

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Bali bomber seeks cut in sentence

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AIG bonus row rekindled by $100m 'retention' plan

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